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Mick Jagger Remembers B.B. King, Names Favorite Rapper

May 18, 2015

The Rolling Stones took a break from rehearsing for their 15-date Zip Code tour to answer a few fan questions via Twitter Monday. In between questions about their hair and the Sticky Fingers recording sessions, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards spoke...

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Jay Z Bashes Spotify, Praises B.B. King at B-Sides Concert

May 17, 2015

Jay Z held the first of his two Tidal X: B-Sides shows Saturday night at New York's Terminal 5, and in addition to a setlist stocked with never-before-performed-live fan favorites and forgotten deep cuts, the rapper also used the gig as a pulpit...

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Memphis Grizzlies Hold 'Moment of Song' for B.B. King

May 16, 2015

Prior to the Memphis Grizzlies' Game 6 matchup against the Golden State Warriors Friday, the team paid tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away the previous night. King had an incredible impact on the city of Memphis and Beale Street since...

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U2 Honor B.B. King, Mock the Edge's Fall at Second Show

May 16, 2015

U2's Innocence + Experience tour nearly came to an extremely premature end at the end of opening night when the Edge took a nasty tumble into the audience, and on the second consecutive show at Vancouver's Rogers Arena Bono joined the many people...

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B.B. King: How I Got My Sound

May 15, 2015

"You have a grape," B.B. King said, handing over a big purple one. "They're pretty good." It was April 2008, and King, then 82 years old, was in Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel for a Rolling Stone cover shoot, posing alongside Eddie Van Halen for a guitar-themed...

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B.B. King's Greatest Country Music Moments

May 15, 2015

Maybe it was his Mississippi roots, or perhaps it was his way with a lyric, but whatever the reason, B.B. King, who died Thursday at age 89, had a certain affinity for country music and country songwriting. Over his career, he played with country...

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Eric Clapton Pays Tribute to B.B. King: 'He Was a Beacon'

May 15, 2015

Eric Clapton pays his respects to his close friend B.B. King, who died last night at the age of 89, in a video he posted on Facebook. A close friend of the late blues legend, Clapton also cites King as one of his greatest influences. "He...

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The Legacy of Lucille: The Story Behind B.B. King's Guitar

May 15, 2015

Eric Clapton had "Blackie" and "Brownie"; Willie Nelson has "Trigger"; Keith Richards, "Micawber." But before all of them, B.B. King had "Lucille." For more than a half-century, the bluesman and Lucille have been virtually inseparable —...

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B.B. King's 5 Greatest Live Performances

May 15, 2015

The essential B.B. King experience was always in concert. For much of his career, King played more than 300 shows a year, and though these performances adhered to a certain road-tested formula, every night offered some distinctive variation. Each...

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B.B. King's Family Fights With Business Manager for Control

May 7, 2015

A Las Vegas judge ruled that B.B. King's business manager, Laverne Toney, will retain power of attorney over the blues legend, following allegations of neglect and financial theft from the 89-year-old bluesman's family. Investigations by police and...

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Bonnie Raitt Remembers B.B. King: 'He Was a God'

May 16, 2015

Blues guitarist B.B. King passed away Thursday at the age of 89. Here, Bonnie Raitt pays tribute to her friend, collaborator and inspiration. B.B. was a god from the first time we all heard him. You listen to those early recordings with that...

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Derek Trucks on B.B. King: 'We're All His Kids'

May 15, 2015

Guitarist Derek Trucks grew up listening to B.B. King. Here, he pays tribute to the late blues legend. I woke up on the bus this morning and my wife, Susan [Tedeschi], was playing B.B. King records up front. I looked up and we were passing the Indianola,...

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Trey Anastasio Pays Tribute to 'Incredible' B.B. King

May 15, 2015

Trey Anastasio has penned a tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away Thursday night at the age of 89. "It's literally impossible to overstate B.B. King’s influence on every single electric guitarist who followed...

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President Obama on B.B. King: 'America Has Lost a Legend'

May 15, 2015

President Barack Obama has penned a touching tribute to B.B. King, the legendary bluesman who died last night at age 89. "The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend," the President wrote on the White House's Facebook. "B.B....

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Billy Gibbons: 'Difficult to Fathom World Without B.B. King'

May 15, 2015

In an exclusive statement to Rolling Stone, ZZ Top guitarist and singer Billy Gibbons is paying tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who died last night at the age of 89. King, he says, has been important to him for practically...

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10 Legendary Acts That Wouldn't Exist Without B.B. King

May 15, 2015

In B.B. King, aspiring rockers discovered a profound emotional expression lacking in the era's other great influence, Chuck Berry. With his admirable work ethic, snappy clothes and positive disposition, King modulated the blues' roughest rural elements...

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B.B. King's 10 Greatest Songs

May 15, 2015

B.B. King was a lot more than a Gibson guitar and some killer licks. For decades, he was one of the biggest stars of black radio, releasing 75 hit R&B singles between 1951 and 1992. King carried the flag for Memphis blues his entire career, but he...

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B.B. King, Blues Legend, Dead at 89

May 15, 2015

B.B. King, the larger-than-life guitarist and singer who helped popularize electric blues and brought it to audiences for more than six decades, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89. King, who was diagnosed with diabetes nearly 30 years ago,...

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B.B. King Hospitalized

April 6, 2015

UPDATE: B.B. King has posted a Facebook message updating fans on his health. "I want to thank everyone for their concern and good wishes," the bluesman wrote. "I'm feeling much better and am leaving the hospital today." Blues legend B.B....

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